American Airlines Has Now Made Award Flights on Qantas Bookable Online

American Airline has been slowly extending the number of partner airlines that can be booked on Earlier this year American Airlines made Hawaiian and British Airways award flights bookable on in addition to Alaska ones. Now you can also book awards including Qantas flights on

I decided to test this by searching for award availability from Helsinki to Sydney.


The economy awards appear to be wide open in the month of November.


Searching for business class only returns availability on three days.


First class is also available for about half of the dates.

The fare engines returns number of flights with connection from British Airways to Qantas or Qantas to Qantas in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Narita.


You have to be careful with the flights, however. The engine returns quite a few combinations where the second long haul is in fact in business class and not in first. The feeder flight from Helsinki to London only has economy and business class. As a matter of fact the AA’s engine was not able to return a single date in November from Helsinki to Sydney in first class.


I was finally able to find one itinerary that was pricing correctly in business class on all of the three segments in question. I don’t like the way the AA hides “carrier imposed surcharges” and doesn’t provide a clear breakdown of taxes and fees. Probably around 70% to 80% off that fee are the fuel surcharges of the BA’s Helsinki to London and London to Narita segments.



It is great to have more AA partners bookable online without having to call the reservations. AA now has four partners online and quite a few to go before you can book as complex itineraries as one can on

Expedia Summer Gas Card Promotion Get Up To $100 Gas Card

Expedia is running a gas card promotion with select hotels. You need to book by August 31st, 2012 and stay by September 30th, 2012. You will receive $25 gas card for stay of $150 to $249, $50 gas card for stay of $250-$449, and $100 gas card for stay over $450.


There are close to 400 hotels in United States, Canada, and Mexico that participate to this promotion. You can use the following link to check the prices, or you can just do a search, and the hotels that are offering this deal are marked by “Expedia Extras” icon advertising this offer.


Last year Expedia has a similar promotion that was valid at most hotels worldwide, and I was able to get a gas card out of it. Essentially this is about 20% discount if you can find a competitively priced hotel at that $450 mark.


Once you have booked any of the participating hotels, you need to go back to your account and choose the gas card and fill out the relevant info for Expedia to fulfill the offer. You will receive the gas card few weeks after your stay in a mail.

Here are the terms and conditions of this promotion from Expedia:

Special offers are only available at participating hotels. Prices shown above include applicable discount. Hotel savings are based upon Expedia’s everyday hotel rates, excluding taxes and other fees. Minimum stay may be required. Pricing may vary based on travel dates and length of stay. Offers are subject to availability and may be discontinued without notice. Additional restrictions and blackout dates may apply.

Up to $100 Prepaid MasterCard® debit card is available on standalone hotel at qualifying Expedia Special Rate (ESR) hotels only. Qualifying hotels will show offer on search results. Book between 05/15/2012 and 08/31/2012, with travel completed by 09/30/2012. Minimum purchase is between, $150 and $249 total, before taxes and fees for a $25 Prepaid MasterCard® debit , $250 and $449 total, before taxes and fees for a $50 Prepaid MasterCard® debit, and $450+ total, before taxes and fees for a $100 Prepaid MasterCard® debit. One card issued per qualified itinerary. To receive a Prepaid MasterCard debit card you must complete the offer redemption form located at the bottom of your itinerary and provide a shipping address. Card will arrive 4 to 6 weeks after travel completion. Limit one Prepaid MasterCard debit card per booking and per person during promotion period. To be eligible, you must be a US resident, at least 18 years of age or older, you must make a qualifying booking, and you must complete your stay at the booked hotel. Shipping to the 50 states, District of Columbia and US territories only. Not redeemable for cash. If you cancel your hotel or vacation package you will forfeit your prepaid card.

The $25, $50, and $100 Prepaid MasterCard® debit cards from Expedia are issued by First California Bank (FCB) pursuant to a license by MasterCard International Incorporated. MasterCard and the MasterCard Brand Mark are registered trademarks of MasterCard International Incorporated. Fiserv Solutions, Inc. is a registered MSP of First California Bank. The Prepaid MasterCard debit cards from Expedia can be used wherever MasterCard debit cards are accepted, and use is governed by the terms in your Cardholder Agreement, which you will receive with the card.

Expedia reserves the right to substitute this offer with an offer of equal value at its sole discretion without prior notice. This offer is nontransferable, not redeemable for cash and void where prohibited. Expedia and its suppliers are not liable for any loss or damage to any person or property in connection with redemption or use of this offer. The use by Expedia of third-party trademarks or product names does not imply that any such third party endorses, sponsors, or is otherwise affiliated with Expedia or this offer.

American Airlines AAdvantage Bonus Miles on Cathay Pacific Flights to Hong Kong & On American Flights Between Chicago and Helsinki

American Airlines has two mileage promotions going on at the moment. You need to register for both of these before travel. Note that the Cathay Pacific offer is only valid for business and first class while the offer to Helsinki also applies to high coach fares.


This is about the best time of the year to visit Helsinki, where I used to live for 6 years. There is enough to do and explore for several days and you can always take a ferry or helicopter to visit Tallinn in Estonia as well. Helsinki is the world’s design capital in 2012. You can read more about this on the following website. You need to register for this offer prior traveling.


This offer is valid for travel from June 26th, 2012 to September 30th, 2012. There is no ticketing date restriction on this offer that is also valid on Finnair, BA, and Iberia codeshares.

Booking Class

Bonus Miles for Round-Trip Travel

Business Class (booked in J, D, R or I)


Full-Fare Economy (booked in Y, B or H)


Discount Economy (booked in K, L or M)


Offer Dates:
June 26, 2012 through September 30, 2012

Promotion Code:

Cathay Pacific is offering bonus miles for their flights to Hong Kong from United States and Canada for AAdvantage members. The bonus miles only apply for first and business class cabins. You need to book the travel by July 31st, 2012 and travel must be completed by August 15th, 2012. You need to register for this offer prior traveling.

Fly Cathay Pacific roundtrip from Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, or Vancouver to Hong Kong on a qualifying First Class ticket between June 15, 2012 and August 15, 2012 and earn 10,000 AAdvantage bonus miles. Or, fly on a qualifying Business Class ticket and earn 8,000 bonus miles. There is no limit to the number of bonuses you can earn during the promotion period and the bonus miles are in addition to your standard base miles and class of service bonus. Just book your trip between June 15, 2012 and July 31, 2012 and register prior to travel.



First Class
(booked in F or A)

Business Class
(booked in J, C, D or I)

Bonus miles earned for each

10,000 bonus miles

8,000 bonus mile

Bonus Code:

Register today by selecting the red “REGISTER” button below.

Book your trip between June 15, 2012 and July 31, 2012.
Travel on/between June 15, 2012 and August 15, 2012.

Here are the terms and conditions of the Chicago to Helsinki offer:

AAdvantage bonus mileage offer is valid for round-trip travel on nonstop American Airlines operated flights between Chicago O’Hare and Helsinki, Finland from June 26, 2012 – September 30, 2012. Includes travel on codeshare flights marketed by British Airways, Iberia or Finnair. This promotion is only valid for AAdvantage members who purchase and fly on published fare tickets booked in J, D, I, R, Y, B, H, K, L or M. Bonus will be awarded based on the booking class purchased. Bonus miles do not count toward elite status qualification or Million Miler status. Registration prior to travel is required.

Here are the terms and conditions of the Cathay Pacific offer:

The offer applies to F, A, J, C, D and I fares only. Offer valid on Cathay Pacific operated flights for travel with an American Airlines or Cathay Pacific flight numbers, between JFK/LAX/ORD/SFO/YVR – HKG only. Two one-way flights booked in different reservations are not considered a roundtrip. Travel must be completed between June 15, 2012 and August 15, 2012. Offer is not combinable with any other offer. Offer for AAdvantage U.S. residents only. AAdvantage miles must be earned for flights to qualify for the bonus. Bonus miles do not count toward elite-status qualification. Registration prior to travel is required using Promotion Code CXS12 at

Cathay Pacific reserves the right to change or terminate the offer without prior notice.

Triple Delta SkyMiles for Stays at Selected Hilton Family of Hotels

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Hilton and Delta have teamed up offering triple Delta SkyMiles for stays at selected Hilton family of hotels from July 1st to September 20th, 2012. You need to register for this offer in advance and have Delta as your Double Dip airline partner. This offer is combinable with the current Triple Your Trip-promotion for double points for weekday nights and triple for weekend ones.


The number of participating properties is around 316 of more than 3700 Hilton family of hotels worldwide. If you are planning to take advantage of this promotion, you should read the list of participating hotels very carefully.

The number of Delta Air Lines SkyMiles that you earn from your Hilton stays is dependent of the brand in question. The table below is the fixed mile option. You can also choose variable miles that is one mile per eligible USD spent before promotion is factored in.



You may want to consider crediting to Virgin Atlantic, if your earning preference is to maximize  Hilton HHonors points. You can read more about this strategy here.

Here are the terms and conditions of this promotion:

To be eligible for this offer, you must (1) select Delta Air Lines as your preferred Double Dip® Points & Miles™ Partner in your Hilton HHonors™ account profile, (2) complete a stay at a participating hotel or resort in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio from July 2, 2012 through September 30, 2012, and (3) register online at prior to check-out. You must be a Hilton HHonors member to earn Points & Miles for hotel stays.

Triple Delta Air Lines Miles (Both Fixed and Variable Miles members): Earn triple miles with the Delta SkyMiles® program per qualifying stay at a participating hotel or resort in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio. Reward stays are not eligible for this offer. There is no cap on the miles that may be earned during the promotion period. Miles are not eligible to earn Medallion Qualification Miles. Allow up to six weeks after qualification, and after promotion has ended, for miles to be credited to your account. This offer may be combined with other offers and/or promotions. All SkyMiles program rules apply. To review the Delta SkyMiles full Terms & Conditions please visit Hilton HHonors™ membership, earning of Points & Miles™ and redemption of Points are subject to HHonors Terms and Conditions.

Here is the list of participating properties:

Arab Emirates
Hilton Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi
Hilton Baynunah Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi
Hilton Dubai Creek Dubai
Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Dubai
Hilton Fujairah Fujairah
Hilton Jumeirah Beach Residences / Dubai / UAE Dubai
Hampton Inn & Suites Calgary / Northwest Calgary
Hilton Lac Leamy / Ottawa Valley Gatineau-Ottawa
Hilton Suites Toronto / Markham Conference Centre and Spa Markham
Hilton Garden Inn Toronto / Vaughan Vaughan
Hilton Suites Winnipeg Airport Winnipeg
Hilton Garden Inn Santiago – Airport Santiago
Hilton Yaounde Yaounde
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Wuxi / Lingshan Wuxi
Embassy Suites by Hilton Bogota / Rosales Bogota
Costa Rica
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Fiesta Hotel Puntarenas / Costa Rica Puntarenas
Hilton Alger Alger
Hampton Inn Guayaquil / Downtown Guayaquil
Hilton Colon Quito Quito
Hilton Pyramids Golf Resort 6th of October City
Hilton Cairo World Trade Center Residence Cairo
Hilton Dahab Resort Dahab
Hilton Hurghada Long Beach Resort Hurghada
Hilton Luxor Luxor
Hilton Buenavista Toledo Toledo
Hilton Addis Ababa Addis Ababa
United Kingdom
Hilton Belfast Belfast
Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 Colnbrook
Hilton London Canary Wharf London
Hilton London Green Park London
Hilton London Islington London
Hilton London Docklands London
Hilton London Tower Bridge London
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Aqaba Aqaba
Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand Beirut
Hilton Beirut Metropolitan Palace Beirut
Hilton Mauritius Resort Flic-en-Flac
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Queretaro Colinas del Cimatario
Doubletree by Hilton Mexico City Airport Area Mexico City
Embassy Suites by Hilton Mexico City / Reforma Colonia Tabacalera, Mexico
Hampton Inn Guadalajara / Aeropuerto El Salto
Hilton Guadalajara Guadalajara
Hilton Villahermosa Airport Villahermosa
Hilton Windhoek Windhoek
Hilton Amsterdam Amsterdam
Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Schiphol
Hilton Garden Inn Corpus Leiden Netherlands Oegstgeest
Hilton Rotterdam Rotterdam
Hilton The Hague The Hague
Hilton Princess Managua Managua
Saudi Arabia
Hilton Jeddah Jeddah
Qasr Al Sharq Hilton Jeddah
Embassy Suites by Hilton Valencia / Downtown El Vinedo, Valencia
South Africa
Hilton Cape Town City Centre Cape Town
Hilton Durban Durban
Hilton Sandton Sandton
Embassy Suites Hotel Birmingham Hoover Birmingham
Embassy Suites Hotel Huntsville Huntsville
Hampton Inn & Suites Birmingham / Downtown / Tutwiler Birmingham
Hampton Inn Birmingham / Leeds Leeds
Hampton Inn Birmingham 1-65 / Lakeshore Birmingham
Hampton Inn Jacksonville Jacksonville
DoubleTree Club by Hilton Springdale Springdale
Hampton Inn Bryant Bryant
Hampton Inn North Little Rock / McCain Mall Area North Little Rock
Hampton Inn Van Buren Van Buren
Embassy Suites Hotel Phoenix / North Phoenix
Embassy Suites Hotel Phoenix / Scottsdale Phoenix
Embassy Suites Tucson / Paloma Village Tucson
Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix / Goodyear Goodyear
Hampton Inn & Suites Tucson East / Williams Center Tucson
Hampton Inn Phoenix / Scottsdale @ Shea Blvd Scottsdale
Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale / North / Perimeter Center Scottsdale
Hilton Phoenix Airport Phoenix
Hilton Phoenix East / Mesa Mesa
Hilton Sedona Resort and Spa Sedona
Hilton Suites Phoenix Phoenix
Homewood Suites by Hilton Phoenix / Biltmore Phoenix
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Napa Valley / American Canyon American Canyon
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles / Westside Culver City
DoubleTree by Hilton Monrovia / Pasadena Area Monrovia
DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego / Del Mar San Diego
DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego / Golf Resort Hotel San Diego
DoubleTree by Hilton Sonoma / Wine Country Rohnert Park
Embassy Suites Hotel La Quinta Resort / Spa and Conference Center La Quinta
Embassy Suites Hotel Ontario Airport Ontario
Embassy Suites Hotel Santa Ana / Orange County Airport / North Santa Ana
Hampton Inn & Suites Goleta Goleta
Hampton Inn & Suites Redding Redding
Hampton Inn & Suites San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo
Hampton Inn San Diego / Del Mar San Diego
Hampton Inn Visalia Visalia
Hilton Los Angeles Universal City & Towers Universal City
Hilton Newark / Fremont Newark
Hilton Sacramento / Arden West Sacramento
Hilton San Bernardino San Bernardino
Hilton San Jose San Jose
Homewood Suites by Hilton Palm Desert Palm Desert
Hampton Inn & Suites Colorado Springs / Interquest Park Colorado Springs
Hilton Garden Inn Colorado Springs Colorado Springs
Hilton Grand Vacations Club Valdoro Mountain Lodge Colorado Springs
Homewood Suites by Hilton Colorado Springs Breckenridge
The Antlers Hilton Colorado Springs Colorado Springs
Hampton Inn Rocky Hill Rocky Hill
District of Columbia
Embassy Suites Hotel Washington / Convention Center Washington
Embassy Suites Hotel Washington DC Washington
Hampton Inn Washington / Downtown / Convention Center, DC Washington
Embassy Suites Deerfield Beach / Resort & Spa Deerfield Beach
Embassy Suites Hotel Fort Lauderdale / 17th Street Fort Lauderdale
Embassy Suites Hotel Jacksonville / Baymeadows Jacksonville
Embassy Suites Hotel Miami Airport Miami
Embassy Suites Hotel Tampa / University South Florida / Near Busch Gardens Tampa
Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood Airport. Hollywood
Hampton Inn & Suites Orlando / South Lake Buena Vista Kissimmee
Hampton Inn & Suites Palm Coast Palm Coast
Hampton Inn & Suites Sarasota Airport Sarasota
Hampton Inn Bonita Springs / Naples / North Bonita Springs
Hampton Inn Fort Lauderdale / Downtown Fort Lauderdale
Hampton Inn Niceville / Eglin Air Force Base Niceville
Hampton Inn Orlando International Airport Orlando
Hampton Inn Tampa / Brandon Tampa
Hilton Garden Inn Boca Raton Boca Raton
Hilton Garden Inn Fort Myers Airport Fort Myers
Hilton Garden Inn Jacksonville Downtown / Southbank Jacksonville
Hilton Grand Vacations Club at South Beach Miami Beach
Hilton Grand Vacations Club on International Drive / Orlando Orlando
Hilton Grand Vacations Club @ Seaworld International / Orlando Orlando
Parc Soleil by Hilton Grand Vacations Club Orlando
Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place / Airport Melbourne
Hilton Palm Beach Airport West Palm Beach
Hilton Suites Boca Raton Boca Raton
Hilton Tampa Airport / Westshore Tampa
Homewood Suites by Hilton Jacksonville / Downtown / Southbank Jacksonville
Homewood Suites by Hilton Palm Beach Gardens Palm Beach Gardens
Homewood Suites Fort Meyers Airport Fort Myers
Embassy Suites Hotel Atlanta / at Centennial Olympic Park Atlanta
Embassy Suites Hotel Atlanta / Buckhead Atlanta
Embassy Suites Hotel Atlanta / Kennesaw Town Center Kennesaw
Embassy Suites Hotel Atlanta / Perimeter Center Atlanta
Embassy Suites Hotel Brunswick Brunswick
Hampton Inn & Suites Atlanta / Camp Creek Marketplace East Point
Hampton Inn & Suites Atlanta / Galleria Atlanta
Hampton Inn Savannah / I-95 North Port Wentworth
Hilton Atlanta / Marietta Conference Center Marietta
Hilton Atlanta / Northeast Norcross
Hilton Atlanta / Perimeter Atlanta
Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta / North Point Alpharetta
Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta / Northeast / Gwinnett / Sugarloaf Duluth
Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta / Perimeter Center Atlanta
Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Downtown Atlanta
Embassy Suites Hotel / Waikiki Beach Walk Honolulu
Hilton Grand Vacations Club @ the Hilton Hawaiian Village Honolulu
Hilton Grand Vacations Club Kingsland Resort Waikoloa
Hilton Grand Vacation Club Grand Waikikian Honolulu
Hilton Grand Vacation Club Waikoloa Beach Resort Waikoloa
Hampton Inn Ames Ames
Hampton Inn Boise Boise
Embassy Suites Hotel Chicago / Schaumburg / Woodfield Schaumburg
Embassy Suites Hotel O’Hare / Rosemont Rosemont
Hampton Inn Litchfield Litchfield
Hilton Chicago / Northbrook Northbrook
Hilton Lisle / Naperville Lisle
Hilton Oak Lawn Oak Lawn
Hampton Inn & Suites Brownsburg Brownsburg
Hampton Inn & Suites Richmond Richmond
Hampton Inn Louisville / Clarksville Clarksville
Hilton Fort Wayne Convention Center Fort Wayne
Hilton Garden Inn South Bend South Bend
Homewood Suites by Hilton Fort Wayne Fort Wayne
Indianapolis North Hotel Indianapolis
Embassy Suites Hotel Kansas City / Overland Park Overland Park
Hampton Inn Louisville / I-65 Brooks
Hilton Suites Lexington Green Lexington
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New Orleans Airport Kenner
Hilton New Orleans Airport Kenner
Hilton Garden Inn Baton Rouge Airport Baton Rouge
Hilton Garden Inn West Monroe West Monroe
Hilton Lafayette and Towers Lafayette
Hilton Shreveport Shreveport
Doubletree Hotel Cape Cod – Hyannis Hyannis
Embassy Suites Boston / Waltham Waltham
Hampton Inn New Bedford / Fairhaven Fairhaven
Hilton Boston / Back Bay Boston
Hilton Dedham Place Dedham
DoubleTree by Hilton Columbia Columbia
Hampton Inn Bowie Bowie
Hampton Inn College Park College Park
Hilton Garden Inn Auburn / Riverwatch Auburn
Doubletree Hotel Portland Portland
Hampton Inn & Suites Grand Rapids Grand Rapids
Hampton Inn Muskegon Muskegon
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington / Minneapolis South Minneapolis
Hampton Inn & Suites Rogers Rogers
Hampton Inn Minneapolis / St. Paul / Eden Prairie / Southwest Eden Prairie
Hampton Inn Rochester Rochester
Homewood Suites by Hilton Minneapolis / New Brighton New Brighton
Homewood Suites by Hilton Minneapolis / St. Louis Park Saint Louis Park
Embassy Suites Hotel Kansas City International Airport Kansas City
Embassy Suites Hotel St. Louis / Downtown Saint Louis
Hilton Kansas City / President Kansas City
Hilton Kansas City Airport Kansas City
Hilton St. Louis Frontenac Saint Louis
Homewood Suites by Hilton Kansas City Airport Kansas City
Homewood Suites by Hilton St. Louis / Riverport Maryland Heights
Hampton Inn Jackson / North Jackson
Hilton Garden Inn Hattiesburg Hattiesburg
Hilton Jackson and Conference Center Jackson
Hampton Inn / Butte Butte
North Carolina
DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville / Biltmore Asheville
Embassy Suites Hotel Charlotte Charlotte
Embassy Suites Hotel Charlotte / Concord / Golf Resort & Spa Concord
Embassy Suites Hotel Fayetteville / Fort Bragg Fayetteville
Embassy Suites Hotel Raleigh / Crabtree Raleigh
Embassy Suites Raleigh / Durham Airport/Brier Creek Raleigh
Hampton Inn Dunn Dunn
Hampton Inn Raleigh / Capital Boulevard North Raleigh
Hampton Inn Roanoke Rapids Roanoke Rapids
Hampton Inn Sanford Sanford
Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park Asheville
Hilton Charlotte / Executive Park Charlotte
Hilton Charlotte / University Place Charlotte
Hilton Charlotte Center City Charlotte
Hilton Durham Near Duke University Durham
Hilton North Raleigh Raleigh
Hilton Garden Inn Fayetteville Fayetteville
Hilton Garden Inn Raleigh-Durham / Research Triangle Park Durham
Embassy Suites Hotel Omaha / Downtown / Old Market Omaha
Embassy Suites Omaha-La Vista/Hotel & Conference Center La Vista
Hampton Inn & Suites Omaha / Downtown Omaha
Hampton Inn & Suites Omaha / La Vista La Vista
Homewood Suites by Hilton Omaha / Downtown Omaha
New Hampshire
Hampton Inn Concord / Bow Bow
New Jersey
Embassy Suites Hotel Piscataway / Somerset Piscataway
Hilton Hasbrouck Heights Hasbrouck Heights
Hilton Parsippany Parsippany
Hilton Woodcliff Lake Woodcliff Lake
New Mexico
Hilton Garden Inn Albuquerque / Journal Center Albuquerque
New York
Hilton Club New York New York
West 57th Street by Hilton Club New York
Embassy Suites Hotel Convention Center Paradise Road / Las Vegas Las Vegas
Hampton Inn & Suites Rochester / Victor Victor
Hilton Garden Inn Reno Reno
Homewood Suites by Hilton Reno Reno
Hilton Grand Vacations Club at the Flamingo Las Vegas Las Vegas
Hilton Grand Vacations Club at the Las Vegas Hilton Las Vegas
Hilton Grand Vacations Club Las Vegas Strip Las Vegas
Hilton Grand Vacations Central Strip Las Vegas
Hotel Albany Albany
DoubleTree by Hilton / The Tudor Arms Hotel Cleveland
Hampton Inn & Suites Cincinnati / Uptown / University Area Cincinnati
Hampton Inn & Suites Dayton / Vandalia Dayton
Hampton Inn Cincinnati / Eastgate Cincinnati
Hampton Inn Columbus / I-70 East / Hamilton Road Columbus
Hampton Inn Columbus International Airport Columbus
Hampton Inn Marietta / I-77 @ SR7 Marietta
Hilton Columbus North / Polaris Columbus
Hilton Garden Inn Columbus Airport Columbus
Hilton Garden Inn Dayton / Beavercreek Dayton
Homewood Suites by Hilton Medford Medford
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Philadelphia West Plymouth Meeting
Hampton Inn Philadelphia Center City / Convention Center Philadelphia
Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia / Ft. Washington Fort Washington
Hilton Harrisburg Harrisburg
Hilton Scranton & Conference Center Scranton
Homewood Suites by Hilton Lansdale Lansdale
Homewood Suites by Hilton Philadelphia/University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia
Rhode Island
Hampton Inn & Suites Providence / Warwick / Airport Warwick
South Carolina
Embassy Suites Hotel Charleston / Convention Center North Charleston
Hampton Inn & Suites Greenville / Duncan Duncan
Hampton Inn & Suites Spartanburg / I-26 / Westgate Mall Spartanburg
Hampton Inn Greenville / Haywood Greenville
Hampton Inn North Charleston / I-26 / Exit 209 North Charleston
Homewood Suites by Hilton Columbia Columbia
DoubleTree by Hilton Nashville Downtown Nashville
Hampton Inn & Suites Mt. Juliet Mount Juliet
Hampton Inn Knoxville / West at Cedar Bluff Knoxville
Hampton Inn Nashville / Bellevue / I-40 Nashville
Hampton Inn Sevierville Sevierville
Hilton Knoxville Knoxville
Hilton Knoxville Airport Alcoa
Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville / Downtown Nashville
Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville Airport Nashville
DoubleTree by Hilton San Antonio Downtown San Antonio
Embassy Suites Dallas / DFW Airport North Outdoor World Grapevine
Embassy Suites Hotel Austin / Downtown / Town Lake Austin
Embassy Suites Hotel Dallas / DFW Int’l Airport South Irving
Embassy Suites Hotel McAllen McAllen
Hampton Inn & Suites DFW Airport / West Hurst
Hampton Inn & Suites Texarkana Texarkana
Hampton Inn Dallas / Addison Addison
Hampton Inn Dallas / Las Colinas Irving
Hampton Inn & Suites Denton Denton
Hampton Inn Seabrook Seabrook
Hilton Americas / Houston Houston
Hilton Austin Airport Austin
Hilton Dallas / Southlake Town Square Southlake
Hilton Houston / Nasa / Clear Lake Houston
Hilton Houston Plaza Houston
Hilton Palacio del Rio San Antonio
Hilton San Antonio Airport San Antonio
Hilton San Antonio Hill Country Hotel & Spa San Antonio
Hilton Garden Inn Austin North Austin
Home2 Suites by Hilton West Valley City West Valley City
Embassy Suites Hotel Tysons Corner Vienna
Hampton Inn Gloucester Gloucester
Hilton Crystal City at National Airport Arlington
Hilton Springfield Springfield
Hilton Washington Dulles Airport Herndon
Hilton Garden Inn Virginia Beach / Town Center Virginia Beach
Homewood Suites by Hilton Alexandria Alexandria
Hilton Burlington Burlington
Hampton Inn & Suites Tacoma South Tacoma
Hampton Inn & Suites West Bend West Bend
Hampton Inn & Suites Grafton Grafton
Hampton Inn Milwaukee / Northwest Milwaukee

Priority Club Last Minute Reward Nights Out For July

Priority Club just released a list of last minute reward nights for this coming weekend. You need to book them on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday nights this coming weekend.


These last minute rewards nights are offered at 50% discount of the usual number of points needed. This time they have 88 hotels on the list of which 11 are InterContinental hotels. There are 51 hotels in the United States and 21 in China on this list.


Sometimes there are good values on the Last Minute Rewards list, but nothing really caught my eye this time around.

Transferring BMI Diamond Club Miles To British Airways Avios Now Possible (Maybe)


British Airways and BMI announced back in May that you could transfer BMI Diamond Club miles to British Airways Avios and vice versa starting on July 3rd, 2012. BMI just sent an email explaining the process.


I already did the status transfer from BMI (Gold) to British Airways (Gold) last month and that process was flawless, although not instantaneous. The status transfer took only few days. I decided to check out, how I could transfer some Diamond Club miles to Avios now that the transfer too is up and running.


First, I had some trouble finding the “Combine My Avios” link on my “Manage My Account” section of BA’s website.


The screen informing about the process was very straightforward and I decided to proceed.


Next I was prompted to fill out my BMI Diamond Club number and associated password. And then I was hoping for the best….


Here the problems started. The BA’s website just returned page not found-error message.


Decided to try again. This time combining Avios not available-error message popped up.


I thought that for sure BA and BMI had tested this few times before releasing and was presented yet another error message. This time my combining Avios was supposedly already open.


Maybe the problem was Firefox? No. Internet Explorer returned the 404 page as well.

Oh well. Nothing happening around BMI and BA can surprise me at this point. I am sure that the tool will be up in a day or two, but getting this right from the get-go shouldn’t have been too big of a task.

Delta Air Lines SkyMiles Buy Miles Bonus Offer

Delta should do better targeting to whom they are sending these offers. I find it highly unlikely that someone like me, who has close to 800K SkyMiles sitting on their account, would buy more regardless of the bonus offer.


Anyway, I received the following offer couple of hours ago. Delta is offering a 50% bonus for buying miles for up to 60K purchased miles – 90K after the bonus has kicked in. The price of a mile purchased through this offer is 2.5 cents.

Transaction Terms:

  • Minimum/Maximum mileage purchased per transaction: 2,000 / 60,000
  • Mileage increments: 2,000
  • Rate per mile: $0.035
  • Applicable Taxes. Visit terms and conditions page for details.

Personally, I wouldn’t pay 2.5 cents for a SkyMile, but there could be unusual circumstances where it might make sense. I have never had a problem using my United Mileage Plus or American Airlines AAdvantage miles. I have, however, when trying to use Delta SkyMiles



According to the terms and conditions this offer is targeted. You can always, however, follow the link to see if the bonus offer shows up for you as well before making the actual purchase.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Terms and Conditions:
Eligibility: This offer is open only to the recipients of original email. Offer is not transferable and cannot be combined with any other offers. Transaction must be completed by July 31, 2012, to receive the 50% mileage bonus. The 50% mileage bonus offer expires at 11:59 pm CST on July 31, 2012. Offer does not apply to miles purchased under the SkyMiles Gift Miles program or miles transferred under the SkyMiles Transfer Miles program. The 50% mileage bonus will post to the account within 24 hours of purchase.

Buy Miles may only be received into SkyMiles accounts that have been established for at least 10 days and have earned at least one mile since enrolling in the SkyMiles program. This program may not be available in all markets or geographic areas.

Taxes and Fees: Miles may be purchased for $0.035 USD per mile (minimum 2,000 miles) plus a 7.5% Federal Excise Tax. An additional 5% GST and/or other applicable taxes apply to purchases by Canadian residents. Purchased miles are not refundable and are applicable toward all SkyMiles Awards.

Award Travel: Taxes and fees for Award Travel are the responsibility of the passenger and must be paid at the time the ticket is booked. Award Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or in all markets. Purchased and bonus miles do not count toward Medallion® qualification or Million Miler™ status.

Miscellaneous: All Delta SkyMiles program rules apply. To review the rules, please visit Membership Guide & Program Rules. Offers, prices and rules are subject to change without notice. Offers void where prohibited by law. Additional restrictions may apply.

Frequent Flier Accounts & Phishing Attempts – Case American Airlines

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I rarely see any spam on my email inbox as I have been using Google to host (paid service) my personal and business email accounts for few years.  Due to the number of spam that I receive, I have found it useless to even have a look at my spam folder. How many Viagra or PayPal account security emails can you glance through daily?


Earlier today, I received a very good phishing attempt that Google didn’t catch. This was a preferred seat purchase email supposedly coming from American Airlines. It wasn’t addresses to be, but it is not uncommon to mistakenly receive emails intended to others.


The email header looked ok. It shows as a sender. This is the same sender email address that AA uses for real notifications as well. Above is the fake one and below the real one.


But this email is not for real. I would encourage everybody to set their browser to show the actual URL for all the links. This email had all the links to point to a website in Russia, as I have highlighted in red.

I had been waiting for an email from American Airlines with an eticket number for Etihad business/first class award redemption that I had made and paid earlier in the day. Somehow that email had ended up in my spam email folder.

US Airways Dividend Miles Share Miles Offer – Buy Miles at 2.27 Cents

US Airways has been very predictable as of late, when it comes to their miles sales. When one sale is over, they typically have a new one starting, albeit with bit a different twist, in a few days. Last month US Airways was selling miles at 1.8 cents each. Now, they just sent an email blast regarding their latest offer.


This share miles offer is basically just selling miles at 2.27 cents each, if you transfer the maximum allowed that is 50K miles. You pay 1 cent per mile to transfer and some set fee, but the receiver will get a 50% bonus.


I don’t need US Airways Dividend miles at the moment, but even then this price is on the high side considering their most recent sales. If you have use for US Airways Dividend miles and have firm redemption in business or first class in mind, this still can be a very good offer. Just a word of warning. It has been recently somewhat difficult to book Lufthansa flights using Dividend miles. Apparently, US Airways is blocking Lufthansa availability just like United used to do. Other than Lufthansa group of airlines seem not to be affected by this.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Offer valid for your FIRST Share transaction (purchaser or recipient) made between July 1, 2012 00:00:01 AM PT and July 31, 2012 23:59:59 PM PT. This bonus is only applicable for Share Miles and the offer does not apply to Buy or Gift Miles transactions. Bonus amounts will be awarded upon completion of the transaction. Bonus miles will be awarded to the recipient of the Share. Offer is subject to change. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Only purchases made online are eligible.

Miles are shared for $0.01 per mile plus a processing fee of $30 and a tax recovery charge of 7.5%. GST/HST will be charged to Canadian residents. Miles purchased through Buy, Share or Gift Miles do not count towards Dividend Miles Preferred status. All other Dividend Miles Terms and Conditions apply. Miles may be used based on award availability at the time of booking. Please note that Dividend Miles accounts less than 12 days old are not permitted to Buy, Share or Gift miles. All purchases are non-refundable.

Middle East Airlines (MEA) Lebanese Flag Carrier Joins SkyTeam


May and June saw two airlines based in the Middle East/Gulf joining the SkyTeam. Saudia joined on May 29th and Middle East Airlines (MEA) on June 28th, 2012. MEA is a relatively small airline operating a fleet of 17 aircraft and is based in Beirut, Lebanon.


As the airline is now a full SkyTeam member, earning miles on other SkyTeam frequent flier programs on MEA flights as well as using miles for MEA flights should be possible. Not sure, how long it is going to take Delta to update their website, as they still seem not to be aware of the fact that Saudia joined the SkyTeam more than a month ago.


The number of destinations the airline currently serves in Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Gulf is around 30. The airline operates two routes to Iraq that should make Baghdad and Irbil easier to reach using SkyTeam.





Beirut is a wonderful summer destination to visit. I have been there twice, and have flown in once on MEA from Istanbul. When I was there last time three years ago, there were still some signs in the downtown area about the brutal civil war that the country went through. The new downtown area that was being built looked very nice, however.

July Hotel Promotions Update: Accor Hotels, Best Western, Carlson Hotels, Choice Hotels, Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, Starwood & Wyndham

There are number of very good hotel promotions going on at the moment. Club Carlson has better than free night promotions in each of their four different brands. Marriott Rewards has their summer Mega Bonus for extra points or free night certificates. Best Western is offering a free night certificate after three stays.

Le Club Accorhotels

There are no current promotion for Accor. Sign up for our email alerts to be notified when they launch a new global promo.

Best Western Rewards

Best Western Rewards is offering a free night certificate after three stays. This promotion started on June 17th and ends on August 19th. You can only earn ONE free night certificate.

Best Western Rewards Summer Bonus Offer SUM12 – Free Night Voucher After Three Stays


The alternate promo is 2000 Air Canada Aeroplan miles per stay for up to three stays. The bonus is 1750 miles per stay.

Best Western Rewards Aeroplan Bonus Offer – 2000 Miles Per Stay for up to 3 Stays

Carlson Hotels – Club Carlson

Carlson has come up with the most exciting summer promotion this year. You can register for four different promotions and earn enough points for a free night and then some from each one of them. You only need to register and try out each of their different brands once.

You can get 50000 bonus Club Carlson points by registering for their Big Night Giveaway and have a stay at any Radisson or Radisson Blu property worldwide


Radisson Big Night Giveaway Promotion Is Now Live

Then there is the Country Inns & Suites version of this promotion. You can get 44000 bonus Club Carlson points by registering for their Stay 1 Get 1-promotion and staying a night at any of their Country Inns & Suites.


Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Stay 1 Get 1 Promotion – 44000 Club Carlson Bonus Points

And Club Carlson’s third promotion is for the Park Inn-brand. You will get 44000 bonus points after registering for their Stay One Get One-promotion and staying at any of the Park Inn locations by July 22nd.


Club Carlson Park Inn by Radisson Promotion Get 44K Bonus Points for a Stay

The newest of the four is the promotion for the Park Plaza-brand. You can get 50000 bonus points after a paid stay. You need to register and watch the video first.


Club Carlson Park Plaza Ultimate Night Giveaway – Earn 50K Bonus Points

If you are new to the Club Carlson, you can read about the various status levels with the program and the status match opportunities:

Club Carlson Red, Silver, Gold, & Concierge Status Levels Explained

Carlson Hotels – Club Carlson Status Match

Choice Hotels – Choice Privileges

Choice is offering 8000 Choice Privileges points for every two stays that you can redeem for $50 gift cards with number of retailers. Note that the definition of a stay is TWO nights at select Choice properties.


Choice Hotels Summer Promotion – Stay Two Separate Times & Earn $50 Gift Card

Hilton HHonors

Hilton’s 3rd quarter promotion is for double points for weekday stays and triple points for weekend ones. Please note that the number of properties that have opted out of this promo is rather long.


Hilton HHonors 3rd Quarter “Triple Your Trip” 2012 Double or Triple Points Promotion

You can also get 2000 bonus Hilton HHonors points for your first Home2 Suites stay.

You can read about getting a status match with Hilton HHonors:

Hilton HHonors Gold & Diamond Status Match & Challenge & Fast Track Offer

Hilton HHonors Gold VIP Fast Track Offer Through MVP Program. Gold Status After Four Stays or Nine Nights During 90 period

Instant Hilton HHonors Gold Status for Visa Infinite Card Holders

Hyatt Gold Passport

Hyatt has teamed up with number of airlines; Air China, Air France-KLM, ANA, American Airlines, British Airways, China Eastern, Delta Air Lines, Etihad, Lufthansa, Qatar, Southwest, and United to offer up to five times the miles or points.

Hyatt Gold Passport Summer 2012 Promotion for up to Five Times the Miles

Hyatt also offers status matches/trials. You can read more about them here:

Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond Status Match – Hyatt Diamond Trial Challenge As Of 2012

InterContinental Hotels Group – Priority Club

As always, Priority Club has number of promotions that you should sign for.

Last week, I wrote about eight Priority Club bonuses that one should sign up for. These were offers that were emailed to a number of Priority Club members and are supposedly “targeted”. With Priority Club these targeted offers are open for anybody, however.

Quarter 3 Stay bonuses

These started on July 1st and end on September 30th, 2012. You should sign up for an offer that you know that you can achieve

Priority Club Summer Promotion 1000 Bonus Points Per Night

You can get 1000 bonus Priority Club points per night (capped at 20K) for stays until September 3rd.

15K Bonus Points + Gold Status for 6 InterContinental Nights

This is a nice bonus points promotion for InterContinental stays in the Americas.  You need to get the stays in by the end of July, 2012.

5000 Bonus Air Canada Aeroplan Miles for a Stay

This is a nice bonus for a stay in Canada. You need to have the stays by December 30th, 2012 to be eligible for the bonus miles.

Summer Bonus of up to 20K Priority Club Bonus Points

You will get 1000 bonus Priority Club bonus points per nights + 250 points per stay for booking online. This offer is valid until September 3rd, 2012.

Priority Club Vacation Pay Offer

You can get a $75 prepaid MasterCard after a rebate for a two night weekend stay. This offer is valid until September 3rd, 2012.

5K/10K/15K Bonus Points for 3/5/6 InterContinental Nights

This promotion cannot be combined with the 15K Bonus + Gold after 6 stays. This offer is valid until the end of July, 2012.

$50 Travel MasterCard for Two Night Weekday Stay

This is similar to the weekend offer, but is valid for weekday stays. This offer is valid until August 2nd, 2012.

2000 Bonus Points for Priority Club Surveys

You can get couple of thousand bonus points for completing bunch of short quizzes.

Marriott Rewards

Marriott summer promotion started on June 1st and is valid until August 31st. You needed to register by June 30th. There are number of variations of the offer.

Marriott Summer Promotion of Free Night Certificates or Bonus Marriott Rewards Points

Marriott also has a MegaMiles promotion from July 1st to October 31st, 2012 for triple airline miles with selected airlines. Note that you need to change your earning from points to miles before you can sign up for this.


Marriott Rewards MegaMiles Promotion – Earn Triple Airline Miles

Marriott also offers status matches or taste of Platinum/Gold. You can read more about the procedures of getting one here:

Marriott Rewards Gold & Platinum Status Match – Taste of Platinum & Gold Challenge

If you haven’t been targeted to any of the promotions or you would like to change to another one, you can follow the instructions to get the promotion fixed for you.

Changing Targeted Marriott Promotions

Ritz-Carlton Rewards

Ritz-Carlton has exciting Extraordinary Returns promotion starting on July 15th and ends on October 15th, 2012. You can get 30000 bonus points for a stay of 4 days or longer.


Ritz-Carlton Rewards Extraordinary Returns – 30000 Bonus Points for a Four Night Stay

Starwood Preferred Guest

Starwood launched their much anticipated SPG Nice Choice promotion on May 1st that hasn’t gone down too well. You can read about the initial leakmy ability to confirm that the leaked information was real, and the strategy that you should take. Essentially, this is a double or triple Starpoints promotion that is very weak compared to free night promotions that SPG was running during 2010 and 2011. Note that you needed to choose what you would like to earn and when by June 30th, 2012.

You can get 1000 Delta SkyMiles or US Airways Dividend Miles for booking a special (expensive) rate plan.

1000 Bonus Delta SkyMiles or US Airways Dividend Miles for Sheraton Club Bookings

Starwood doesn’t offer straight status matches, but they can offer you a challenge:

Starwood Preferred Guest Platinum Status Match – Platinum Challenge

Wyndham Rewards

Wyndham has two promotions. One is for North America (US, Canada, and Mexico) and the other one is for rest of the world. In my opinion the rest of the world is better. Both of these promotions are ending on July 8th, 2012.

Wyndham Rewards Spring 2012 Promotion – Stay 2 Get 2 – Double Points or Miles + Up To 4 Movie Tickets

Wyndham Rewards Spring 2012 Promotion (non-North America) 10000 Bonus Points Every Two Stays – Max 30000 Bonus Points

Few Words About My Hotel Reviews


I am going to post a quite a few hotel reviews in the forthcoming month. Most of them are positive, but there are going to be some negative ones as well. Unlike most travel sites that post reviews, I don’t get paid by the hotels in money or by giving free stays to write puff pieces about them.

I have already uploaded the videos to, but haven’t had time to go through the photos and write the reviews yet.

Couple of people have  posted feedback comments about my hotel reviews that I would like to address here as well. BTW I don’t remove comments that criticize my reviews. As long as the comments are respectful and don’t contain profanity, I don’t have problems with them.



First of all, the opinions of the hotel and the stay are based on my expectations of the brand and the hotel in question. If the hotel is top of the line Park Hyatt such as Shanghai or Sydney, my expectations for the stay are much higher compared to i.e. Holiday Inn Suva.

For a Park Hyatt hotel in Sydney or Shanghai, I expect the stay to be as flawless as one could think. Both of the hotels failed in this respect. Are they both good hotels? Absolutely.  Do I think that they are fantastic hotels? No, I don’t.

And here’s my biggest pet peeve when it comes to hotels and the program. You should never over promise and under deliver. It should always be the exact opposite. But with the hotels and their programs that is often not the case.

$50 for a $100 Travelocity Incentives Hotel Gift Card – Deal or No Deal?


This deal pops up every now and then on various websites like Groupon etc. Normally “mommy” bloggers are pushing it as a great way to save money to generate cash through their affiliate links. This is similar to the Groupon’s Airfastticket (not) deals in Europe.


You can buy $100 Travelocity Incentives gift card (note that this CANNOT be used at Travelocity) for $50 using one of the numerous daily deal sites. The current deal is that you need to book on a hotel for two nights and the total needs to be $250.

  • Expires March 31, 2013
  • Limit 1 voucher per reservation, may buy up to 10 vouchers
  • Must be booked at
  • Minimum pre-tax package purchase of $250 required
  • 2-night minimum reservation required
  • No additional charges. No cash value. No cash back

The key thing here is to realize that the prices that you can find on Travelocity Incentives website are not always competitive. Also, booking a prepaid stay on the website doesn’t earn you points or stay credits on most hotel programs. Some of them do, however, extend the elite benefits, regardless of the booking channel used, like Hyatt does.

I am going to be back in Bangkok early next week and was looking at the hotels there. I have always wanted to try the new Sofitel hotel in Sukhumvit.


The price that you can get on Travelocity Incentives is the same as on Sofitel’s own website. So, you could save $50 on a two night stay. Ok. Decent.


Here’s another example for Yangon for the 8th of July for two nights. The price on Travelocity Incentives is $392.


And on Agoda $356 + 10% service charge. The prices are thus identical.



I don’t believe that these “voucher” deals are real DEALS. The real deals are discounted flash sales that all the hotel chains are offering once in a while, or using a discount codes that you are eligible for to bring the price down.  These Travelocity Incentives vouchers offer at most 20% discount if the cost of your stay is exactly $250.

Create Your Own InterContinental Hotels Group Asia, Middle East and Africa Edirectory

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You can now create your own InterContinental Hotels Group edirectory, but unfortunately it only includes hotels in Asia, Middle East, and Africa.


You can search for individual hotels or certain brand etc. This can come very handy at times when you need more information about a specific hotel.


Here’s the info about InterContinental hotel in Phnom Penh, where I am going to stay again later today.


If you have trouble with distinguishing between different IHG brands, the directory also has a brief introduction of each one of them.


It also lists the number of IHG properties by brand and then in the Asia, Middle East, and Africa region as of December 2011. Still more than two thirds of IHG hotels are Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express ones.


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